Abbreviations used in letter writing

Here are some widely used abbreviations in letter writing:

  • asap – as soon as possible
  • cc – carbon copy (when you send a copy of a letter to more than one person, you use this abbreviation to let them know)
  • enc. – enclosure (when you include other papers with your letter)
  • pp – per procurationem (a Latin phrase meaning that you are signing the letter on somebody else’s behalf; if they are not there to sign it themselves, etc.)
  • PS – postscript (when you want to add something after you’ve finished and signed it)
  • pto (informal) – please turn over (to make sure that the other person knows the letter continues on the other side of the page)\
  • RSVP – please reply
  • f.i.o. – for your information only (to show that it is being sent to someone in order to give them information, and they are not expected to reply or take any action)

Business abbreviations

a/c (BE)
acct. (AE)
attn. (for the) attention (of)
B/E bill of exchange
B/L bill of lading
cc carbon copy
cf. compare
cfr. cost and freight
cif cost, insurance, freight
cip carriage and insurance paid to
C/N credit note
c/o care of
cod cash on delivery
Corp. Corporation
cpt carriage paid to
cwo cash with order
D/A documents against acceptance
DDP delivery duty paid
DN debit note
D/P documents against payment
enc(s) enclosure(s)
EXW ex works
FOB free on board
for free on rail
Inc Incorporated (US)
L/C letter of credit
Ltd limited
p&p postage and packing
p.p. (lat.: per procurationem) on behalf of
pto please turn over
re with reference to, regarding
RRP recommended retail price
SAE stamped addresses envelope
VAT Value Added Tax
ZIP (code)

zone of improved delivery (US)

What does a.k.a. stands for?

Just learned a knew abbreviation and decided to share it on my blog. So, it’s about the a.k.a. (ay-key-ay) abbreviation…smth new for me to be honest 🙂

Anyway, according to Google (not the most reliable source btw 🙂 ), a.k.a or simply aka stands for “also known as”.

It is primarily used by law enforcement officials to specify an alias. However, I found this abbreviation in an economic document 🙂 Don’t know if I am going to use it ever but…it’s good to know it I guess …. learning never ends 😛